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The Hunger Games (2012)
Don't believe the hype! A pale comparison to the book.
SPOILER ALERT: Don't read this unless you've read the book or seen the movie already!
This movie lost just about every single emotion of the trilogy. The only one that they got right was the "I volunteer" part. Haymitch was a filthy drunk who vomited at their first dinner, they never ate like ravenous beasts at any time even though in the book they were starving to death (thus the HUNGER part of the games) and thus the need to take additional lots in the Reaping for additional food rations (Katniss and Gale's name was in that basket several dozen times in order to feed their families and also the reason why they hunted). I can understand cutting out some things in the interest of time but when you sacrifice the entire feeling of the book and leave out major plot points at some point you have to ask yourself if it was worth it.
Here are several things that went terribly wrong: She didn't buy the Mockingjay pin it was given to her by the Mayor's daughter which basically said that they supported the rebellion against the Capitols tyranny. Haymitch as I mentioned earlier was a intolerable drunk who only became helpful to them during the actual training part. When they were on the roof they though about jumping off and it was not revealed in the movie but there was a forcefield that prevented such action. This is a MAJOR part of the plot because it comes up in the next movie/book in a big way. There was a love triangle between Gale, Katniss, and Peta, that was not played out in this book. She loved Gale, and was so awkward she didn't know what to do about it, and entirely faked her love for Peta in order to gain aid in the arena. This was only shown in a barebones fashion but it was a major part of the series. Her "fire dress" was actually two dresses and as she stood and did a twist the first one burned off revealing a smaller dress underneath. They refer to her as the Mockingjay but that was not done until later in the series. She was just the girl on fire for a while (thus the name of the second book Catching Fire). The book was written in first person, we never saw the control room and using it in this movie only took away from the fear and suspense of what would happen next was disastrous to the movie. At one point she had a flashback to her father's death and they show their cabin blowing up. This is the cabin that she most often lived in to escape her mother who was crazy and shut down after her father's death (and also the reason she had to take care of Primrose, and have to hunt so much and add her name in the Reaping so much to get food for their family). Peta's injury was so grave that he barely made it out and as a result he lost his leg and was forced to walk with a limp for the rest of his life. He did not receive magic ointment that miraculously fixed everything. Katniss herself was majorly busted up and barely made it out herself. She spent a number of days in recovery after the games. It was understood in the book that the dogs that they fought in the end were twisted muttations (as they are called) made from the dead contenders in the Hunger Games (thus showing the gruesome evil mind of the capitol) The main part of this book was the Games but it felt incredibly rushed. They did NOT see the grid in the sky letting them know the boundaries of the arena or that there were even boundaries at all, that added to the mystery and danger and it was all thrown away.
Also I thought that the style of the capitol was toned down to the point that it was almost a punchline. They had colored skin and their hair and wardrobe was described as something otherworldly. This was just a bad interpretation of that as it seemed everyone was dressed for a bad idea of a futuristic Prom.
This movie was so rushed to get out that it went from a very good book to a tween movie in the same category as Twilight. I am an adult and I enjoyed the books very much, at times finding them hard to put down, but this adaptation was lost in translation.
Overall as a book to movie translation I give this a grade of D. If you have trouble reading then it's better to see it than to not experience any of it, but know that the author's artistic hand was largely lost on the big screen, while other movies, such as John Carter, proved that you can take an idea and actually make it BETTER by moving it to the big screen. Go see that instead if you read the books. Ignore the hype of The Hunger Games movie and go read the trilogy. Being a big fan of the books I found sitting through this pathetic effort to be painful to the point of utter boredom. This was made worse by the relative immaturity of the audience.
Star Trek (2009)
The Last Non-Com in the Galaxy
First off, where is Captain Christopher Pike? He was the Captain of the Enterprise before Kirk. Where is he?
Any military entity is a meritocracy. That is to say, that each person is judged based on their merits and achievements, not their race, class, or gender. In order to make your way up through a meritocracy, you guessed it, you gotta EARN it! So, apparently there were no other officers in the galaxy because Kirk went through several ranks to get to the top in one day. Let's go through them now. First you start out as a cadet for 4 years ( 4 YEARS just like college). Then you become the first officer rank, which is Ensign (En-Sin). After a couple years of being an ensign or more, you can become a Lieutenant, J.G. or Junior Grade. Again after a couple years of that, you get to become a regular old vanilla Lieutenant. Now that you finally made Lieutenant, after several years of that you can become a Lieutenant Commander ( just referred to as the rank of Commander if in front of people of lower rank, but in the presence of a higher rank, the whole term is used). Now you are where Data was for 7 years on TNG. After that, you can become a Commander, like Will Riker, but you got to pass some tests on how to command a ship, namely, you must kill off one of your crew in order to pass. It's a harsh lesson, but being in command can be tough. Then after a really long time, a decade perhaps, you can become a captain. It's fair to say that Kirk was always the youngest captain but 16 is a bit absurd. If you look at the captains of today you get older gentlemen like Cpt. Sully. Captains are old, it's the way of things. IF anyone would have gotten a battlefield promotion it would have been Spock first ( a LT. Commander IIRC in this movie) or any of the hundreds of other OFFICERS aboard the ship, not the cadet. That's like saying that you can take the best high school kid in the world and stick him on a plane to fly it. Good luck with that. Not to mention that in a meritocracy, since you have to work your way up, that others had already done so, and they would NEVER sit idle and watch a cadet sail past all their years of hard work only to become subordinate to a Non-Com. This would never happen. Not now, and not in the 2300's. The problem with Star Trek sometimes, is that they forget that all of this supposed future knowledge must actually be built on the knowledge we already have. For example, Naval battles have been waged for thousands of years. Tens of thousand. Study Naval History before you even attempt to write anything to do with a starship.
So Kirk went from a(non-commissioned)Cadet, to an (commissioned) Ensign, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, then Captain. Maybe he will make Admiral next movie at this rate. It only took Kirk decades after all.
Secondly, there is no Cardassian ale because Cardassians weren't discovered until the Next Generation which is some 40 years in the future. I thought J.J. Abrams said he did his homework. If he had he would never have released this garbage and tried to pass it off as something any fan of the show could enjoy. This is what you get when you use a flashy director who has NO experience as a ST fan. Terrible. For me this will be the new spin off that simpletons can watch. It is not part of Star Trek if you ask me.
The Romulan Captain Nero acts nothing like Romulans act. I can't go into the many nuances that make a Romulan, but at least in the TOS time period they were very Roman (thus the name Nero, but the comparison stops there). Terrible villain.
So, in conclusion, J.J. Abrams should stick to confusing the heck out of Lost fans, and stay the heck away from Star Trek. Star Trek came out in 1969. That's 40 years ago. You don't mess with 40 years of work so you can attempt to sell a blockbuster ( you failed to break $300 Million so you aren't a blockbuster). This movie is terribly written and anyone who knows ANYTHING about Star Trek knows that this is a steaming pile of inconsistent garbage. Could you imagine if he wrote a series when he can't even get the facts of a 2 hour movie right? How does this guy keep track of Lost for Pete's sake?
Which brings me to my last point. If you add up all the Star Trek episodes and movies across all of the series you arrive at a number of 545 hours of video. It took me an entire year of watching to get through all of the material. You don't ignore 40 years and 545 hours just so you can make a movie any way you want and call it a reboot. You do not ignore such a vast history, and say that yours is new and better, when you weren't even willing to work for it. If you can't hack reading the Star Trek Manual required to write anything under this universe then you shouldn't be writing for Star Trek. Period. This movie will go down in history like New Coke, and Crystal Pepsi. They will be rebooting too this by the next installment.
I have only just watched the Pilot episode but having seen ALL the other Star Trek Series' now I can tell you that this one here is SWEET! Even though we are going back to a time before Kirk, the special effects are top notch (going back in time, and into the future all at once). All the technology used is the same as the other shows, just more basic ( hand held communicators, polarized hull plating instead of shields, manual decontamination upon return from shuttles(OMG T'pol!), transporters are unreliable). This lends a sort of cowboy attitude to the show that hasn't been witnessed since the original series. They also put humans into a galactic perspective which has yet to be done. All the alien interactions on the other series are sterile compared to Enterprise. Humans are cosmic children who have so much to learn, and understand very little about the galaxy and the aliens that populate it.
One particular addition that I appreciate the most is the fact that FINALLY the phasers actually create light when fired, that not only lights up the user's face but also the environment. It's about time we got some realistic lighting effects. The cinematic manner in which this series is filmed is a huge improvement over the previous incarnations which also seemed sterile and institutional.
So they changed the looks but the formula is well intact. I am a big ST fan, and having heard bad things about this show (it WAS canceled in its 5th season which all other ST's (not including TOS) ran 7 seasons.) but now I can clearly see that they were wrong, and not nearly big enough fans to enjoy the show. Having just finished Voyager(if you can get through Voyager you can get through ANYTHING), this show is a vast improvement, and only just a few years later. The only weakness I can see at this time is that the characters aren't as deep as they could be and certainly not as deep as certain other memorable ST crew-members in series past. Like all things of late, the shift has gone from material to visual(which wears off at the end of the day). So this could be an issue later on especially once you get used to the new look. I am hoping they will grow into their roles (Scott Bakula needs to settle in as captain - right now he's kind of a pushover).
If you are a ST fan, ignore the BS and check this show out. You will not regret it. It has great potential.
Star Trek: Voyager: Lineage (2001)
This episode was seemingly written by a 4 year old child. It has so many inconsistencies based on childrearing in the 24th century that it is pretty much ridiculous. I will now reveal to you the source of the inconsistency which forces each ST series to falter by season 7: "Writers of the Week" fill the bulk of the 170+ episodes in all the Star Trek series' since TNG. These writers, sideline fans seeking pay, are terrible at keeping consistency to the storyline or the universe in general. Take this episode for example ( although it is not alone by a long shot ) ...it's complete garbage. The flashbacks of B'elanna's past are filmed with such painfully bad actors that they are basically unbelievable and nigh unwatchable. Notice how all the good Voyager Episodes are written by Brannon Braga? The good writers come up with the show and make usually the pilots and cliffhangers ( beginning and ends of each season with a mid-season cliffhanger as well) all the other episodes are written by these hack "writers of the week." In the Star Trek universe, all, ALL crewmen and officers are sterilized (thru injections administered by the doctor as part of their medical regimen (checkups)) unless express permission to procreate is given by the captain, which in this case would never happen. Do you think Voyager could run for several months without a chief engineer? Answer, NO. Thus she would never let this happen. Secondly, Genetic Modification of ANY sort is expressly ILLEGAL in the Star Trek universe as was laid out for us (long before this series/episode came out that's for sure) in DS9 with the antics of our beloved genetically superior Dr. Bashir. Thirdly, no officers shall fraternize with another member of the crew. Fraternization leads to conflict of interest. Could B'elanna order Tom Paris to his death if necessary? They prevent fraternization for this very reason. An emotional wife is not going to send her husband to his death even if it costs the crew of 145 their lives. So besides being a complete waste of film, this episode was terribly written and inconsistency is the rule of the day. It's episodes like this that ruin the whole, they aren't just filler, they are rotten apples ruining the rest of the bunch. Please, if you ever make another ST series, and I believe you will with the coming tsunami that is the new Star Trek movie ( 2009 ), write the entire thing before the first episode is shot a la Babylon 5. Take a lesson from the pros. Get a real set of writers and stick with them. Sign contracts. Make them study and watch each episode of Star Trek from front to back and hell, create a rules handbook for writing ST episodes so that they don't make stupid mistakes. More importantly though, no one would agree to travel for 3 generations in a starship just to get home. They would land on the best class-M planet they could find and live there, creating a colony and hoping one day the Federation would come along. First and foremost, these ships are run by people. People with their own agendas, not just Starfleets. Are we to believe that these people just work every day for the rest of their lives? Even excessive amounts of shore leave and all the holodeck time in the world couldn't make these officers stay aboard. From the beginning Voyager was a bad concept. Don't get me wrong, it turned out OK... I LOVE the Doctor, but still...things like this should never go forward again. If I was the executive funding this giant I sure wouldn't put my life in the hands of "writers of the week" or certainly not this weak concept for a ST series.
Rest assured, if the Star Trek Universe were real this episode would never of happened. Knowing that the STU is NOT real, this episode still should never have happened. Wonderfully convenient way to cover up Roxanne Dawson's pregnancy, though. Couldn't she wait one more year to procreate? Contracts people. Contracts. These episodes were filmed at a cost in excess of a million dollars an episode. Over the 170 episode series it cost them in excess of 170 million dollars to film Voyager. Don't let a rogue actress get in the way of all that money I say... This is business. They certainly built the Juggernaut that should have been Voyager on a foundation of sand.
This episode is kind of whack because it comes from out of the blue. It seems so separate from the series, yet affects it so much. I fail to see the point of it. The future that they created in this episode OBVIOUSLY has nothing to do with where the series was going or in fact went. This appears to have been written by a writer who doesn't work for the show very often. The fact that the show runs for 7 seasons only further produces the plothole that if allowed to go to the end of the series in real time, Kess would be all but dead by then, and that would just be stupid. Ocampas (sp?) are a cool idea and everything but it's safe to say that since no Star Trek has run more than 7 seasons, that you could make her live to say 14 and that would be more believable. If you only live to 9 like most large breed dogs, you would be gray and wrinkly within 4-5 years ( 3 of which have already passed, plus, she was at least 1 when they found her so technically she is pushing 4 by the time this airs).
There are more wigs in this episode than in a drag queen's dressing room. Seeing the Doctor with hair was fun. B'elanna had some pretty bad hair in the episode as well, but KESS? It looks like real hair but it flows like a wig in the wind... I fail to understand how we are supposed to believe that she time traveled all over the place and magically ended up where she started but now with long hair? Were the crew just sitting there and BAM! Kess has girl hair instead of boy hair? It's strange. I know the wig she wore before was kind of silly looking, but it was HER look. I would go so far to say that in NO Star Trek has anyone ever changed their looks so drastically in one episode, or even one season. Furthermore, because we have seen the end of the series and know this storyline to be a dead end, what is the point of the stupid episode? These are the kind of series changes that usually occur at the beginning of a new season, or perhaps in the middle where they take time off for the holidays, but at the end of season? It feels weird and ill timed. I actually thought I put in the wrong disc for a while, that I was watching a couple of seasons in the future or something.
The actors must have had some time off because for the most part it feels like they are running lines as if reading the script or cue cards. They really let the facade down in this episode and for the first time you really feel like you are on the set, and that this is the footage that should have been cut. Poor acting, poor story, poor wardrobe, poor directing, and poor story continuity. That is what this episode brings to the Voyager table. Epic FAIL. This sucks too because I actually started to like the series for the first time in the season and now with the crazy changes already. This appears to be the least stable Star Trek from a story standpoint. Star Trek has a lot to learn from Babylon 5 which was written from beginning to end before the first second of film was shot. This "problem of the week" formula, although it worked for the original, is amateurish and leads to writers having to scramble and constantly patch plot holes. The continuity of the story as a whole entity is ruined by this manner of production. I really wished they had moved past that by the 4th run through.
This probably marks the beginning of the end of a series often regarded as the least favorite Star Trek. So much potential wasted.
This episode is full of suppositions, plot holes, and really bad writing.
We meet Nikolai, Worf's foster-brother, the son of his Russian foster parents who we have met before and who also currently raising Alexander. When Nikolai introduces Worf to the village he tells them that Worf is his brother. Yet none of these suspicious people were chiming in with " well, why is your skin different colors then?" Yet later we are to believe the one guy is a little TOO inquisitive and finds his way onto the Enterprise. mmmmhmm. UNLESS they are an alien race that skin color is variable upon birth. There seemed to be wide demographic makeup in the village to support this theory.
Then they come back and get un-surgeried, only to turn around and be ordered back INTO surgery to get facially altered AGAIN within hours. Geez. If it's that easy why doesn't everyone look like supermodels? They could have made Dr. Polaski sexy?
They should have never been tricked by Nikolai in the first place... for many reasons. A:The crew is experienced, they have dealt with ferengi and Q alike. What's this one man compared to that? B. His intent was obvious to anyone and he had a motive which he displayed openly. C. Deanna Troi would detect his intent in about a nanosecond. D. Even through the convenient "interference" they would have detected that the transporters were being used - they have logs for a reason. E. Who operated those transporters? A civilian scientist who doesn't know his way around the ship, or that it had a "new" holodeck, one who failed out of the Academy in the first year. Hardly good enough to make such precise calculations to aim all of them into the holodeck unbeknownst to them. And how would he know when they were all asleep anyway?
Later the Captain is informed that they have to hurry because the holodeck is losing stability. Why not fix the other holodecks and transport them over in their sleep or whatever?
Then they just let him go? Why not make him stand charges as a civilian? They do have laws about that for civilians I'm sure too. It was never even discussed only that "You're career is over!" We can't have civvies going around and changing the universe whenever they feel like can we? Treating the prime directive like a suggestion? Rule of thumb? Wives' tale?
There was one funny moment in this episode and that was when that woman told Worf they should be family because she is pregnant with his brother's baby. His reaction is HILARIOUS.
There was just too many conveniently lined up variables that make up this craptastic episode all created by the writer/s. All to further some really inconsistent and bad writing and squeeze another one out before the finale. You may actually find yourself making fart noises while you watch this episode. (In the end when they pretend they are brothers who reconciled. lol.)
With the series coming to a close you think they wouldn't waste time filming a stinker like this one. 5/10 (hey it's still TNG)
Die Hard with the Next Generation
This episode goes down exactly like Die Hard 1, except instead of Bruce Willis it's Patrick Stewart, and instead of his wife being held hostage it's the senior staff. All in all, this is a pretty good little episode, but it has some major plot holes which is discouraging because they were on a good plot-hole-free streak and now it's ruined. Here's what went wrong: First, if all they wanted was trilithium there were probably easier ways to get it than messing with the best ship/crew in Starfleet. Besides, couldn't they have left Data on board? The sweep didn't affect any other devices on the ship.
Then, Picard tricks Sattler by leaving his uniform by a door with the sweep just on the other side, which is just stupid. If I saw his clothes I would have gotten the heck out of there, I definitely could outrun that slow sweep. Yet he is not the only one to die this way. Later his partner says that he found Sattler dead and retrieved a communicator from Picard's uniform. How is this possible. Once the sweep had been thru that area there would be no way thru to the other side, and without power, there could be no transporting. Which brings me to two more points. How did Picard get on board in the first place, and if he had a communicator why didn't he just transport the enemy into space and himself back to the surface, or at least to a part of the ship that had already been swept? Then after their original unknown plan fails in Engineering they decide to go to Ten Forward, then IMMEDIATELY after that the sweep is shown PAST engineering. Not cool. Meanwhile on the planet we have a couple of REALLY bad hostage takers. They let the senior officers come up with a complete plan and execute it all in front of their very eyes, and Riker just waltzes up and casually converses with them, lax with their phasers, and just beats them up, but "lets" himself get beat-down to create the distraction. Why didn't the crew just rush them at this point? Forget plan A when plan B arises and it's better! All this to execute a foggy plan "Data once we're all unconscious get to that computer over there and make it all better!" I've heard of better plans to stake your life on I'll tell you that much.
During the episode there is a lot of fighting and it is all very very bad. Like the episode in the original series where Kirk fight the saurian. Just bad, unbelievably bad action. Picard gets his rear handed to him by a girl for god's sake. I've seen him with his shirt off, he's not that feeble looking, he could knock a girl out. Especially with his experience and training.
Why were the lights on if there was no power either? Then to further prove the plot hole earlier of "how did Picard get on the ship when it had to no power to the transporters?" he screams to some miscellaneous array controller guy STOP THE SWEEP!. Why didn't he just call his ride and get a transport? Back to the bad writing again, and it's a shame.
For the record Picard personally killed or acted in a way that led to the deaths of at least 5 mercenaries in this episode and he didn't bat an eyelash doing it, or lose a wink of sleep. (Tuvok, Sattler, the merc he shot with the crossbow and knockout arrows, and the two women in the shuttle at the end - the other mercs just "disappeared" in the sweep - but he could have done some of them in too for all we know.) YET with his wonderful conversation with the Merc known as Tuvok he tries to "interrogate" him and when he fails Tuvok says "You won't kill me, you are starfleet." Yet he claims 5 confirmed kills in this episode. Tuvok included. You can't run from a sweep if you are unconscious - he killed them because he made them unconscious.
Trivia: Tim Russ (Tuvok) was seen acting as the mercenary Devor in this episode. I love how they re-use major actors in the series like Tim Russ (Tuvok), Michelle Forbes (Ro Laren),and Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat) over and over like no one will ever notice. I have heard the last name Janeway a couple times too in no reference to Catherine here and there throughout the series, so they re-use things a little too much - to the chagrin of posterity.
More Fluff from MacDuff.
This is one of the cooler episodes in a long time. BUT, this episode has some major plot holes that are just downright embarrassing.
One: If the alien ship could wipe their memories, why not do that to their enemies and win the war that way?
Two: If you have wiped out all the memories of the crew, and installed one of your own, why not make yourself Captain? The second officer has no control over the crew as long as there is the captain in charge. Why not just work around this and make sure you are in charge to get the mission done your way. Besides, the Captain has to know the least about the operation of the ship than any other rank including ensign. And no one would ever call him on it if he didn't know something. When is the last time you saw Cpt. Picard fire photons, phasers, do a transport, or align the warp coils? Pretty much never. I think he controlled the helm on the Enterprise once before this. In fact this is one of the rare episodes where you see him man another station than the captain's chair.
Three: How could an alien race that was 100 years behind them have any understanding of how to wipe the crew's memory, get through their shields, or even run the ship at all? The memory wipe was instant. Which brings me to my next point.
Four: In which of the 5 seconds they were stunned did MacDuff become fully dressed in uniform, change the personnel files, and then get into position before they realized what was going on? Doesn't leave a lot of time for pre-mission briefing like studying their files while they are oblivious. Hardly something a technologically inferior race could handle.
Five: If you have the crew dead to rights, why not just transport them into space one by one( tell them they are going planet-side) and then take over the ship and its superior technology. It would be an intelligence coup. Besides, if Starfleet never knew it happened they would have no idea where to look for it. Especially amongst the technologically inferior.
Six: If a single photon torpedo was all it would take to end their war why didn't they just steal a bunch of those? Maybe a launcher or two. Grab a shuttle and go. You get a shuttle to take apart too. I believe they have phasers on them at least. If nothing else, they have advanced computers, and impulse engines to retro-engineer.
Seven: If they could understand Data enough to alter his circuitry wouldn't they be of a higher technological level than 100 years in the past?
Eight: Star Trek completely ignores the lessons of the past. Humanity is linear. We build upon the past. Things that have worked for 1000 years will still work in the future. Things like military tactics, commando style raids, intelligence coups, logistics, economy(I love how Picard "bought" a totem for Riker on Riza), EVEN THE WAY THE NAVY WORKS. None of this is applied. In the navy, an admiral runs the flagship not a captain. In the navy the flagship is usually a carrier, not a frigate which is a tiny boat used to help defend a carrier. In fact I would label the Enterprise as a cruiser which is much larger than a frigate. A Flagship has a fleet which surrounds it and protects it at all times while it attempts to complete a military mission. In the Star Trek universe, they would have you believe that the Enterprise is the only ship in the universe unless the story calls for more.
What the Enterprise is, really, is an ambassador's ship, and this makes about 0 sense from a navy perspective.
If I had made TNG I would have made the Enterprise a carrier with fighters a la Battlestar Galactica style. I would have made it a fleet. And Picard would be an Admiral. And there would be a war.
Ships don't run around too much in times of peace, other than as displays of power in ports of call. They are made for war. Instead of making humanity in the future a bunch of wussies, we could be more realistic and realize that we were bred to destroy things. Humanity is a war-like race. I know I have seriously digressed but from a Navy standpoint, BSG is a far more accurate view of the future in my opinion. They actually use navy terms and concepts and put them into action.
None of this makes any sense. From a completely oblivious standpoint, however, this episode is fun and different. The scene where the alien gets shot with the phaser is just awesome. The sound it makes and the visuals were cool as can be, even to this day.
I just wish they had hired a continuity crew to go through and make sure all of this stuff makes sense in fitting into the Star Trek Universe. If you ask me the Next Generation has more plot holes than all the other series combined. There are just WAY too many inconsistencies brought on by a need to write a decent episode, at the cost of the series' integrity. The reason I think this is, is because TNG was written by so many different writers. It feels like a pulp fiction novella series half the time.
As far as I know this is one of the first episodes written by Rick Berman himself. With all the mistakes you think he would have known better. It is after the death of Gene Roddenberry that Berman is now at the helm of Star Trek, and there are some obvious growing pains.
When the time traveller historian known as Rasmussen(Max Headroom/Lawnmower Man 2) claims to be from the 26th century( That's 2500-ish) he creates a plot hole. The Star Trek Timeline which was established off of an episode in the 2nd season I believe should put us circa 2367-9. somewhere in there. He claims to have come back nearly 300 years, yet the maximum would be 230 years which is nowhere near 300 years. Apparently math in the distant future is shaky.
I realize that back when this was aired there was less common knowledge about volcanism, asteroids, and global warming, but when the Captain has to ask Geordi why volcanic eruptions are bad on Panthera IV it's taking it a little far. Picard should know a hell of a lot more than that about the situation. He does spend his time mapping class M planets after all. How they save the planet is all theoretical and based on technology that doesn't exist(yet) so I cannot say whether that would work or not, but it seems like the work of a terraformer, not a flagship.
Furthermore even the slightest change in the past can have the colossal impact on the future. Say Beverly needed that Neural Stimulator in a coming injury, and because she had to have another replicated someone influential dies prematurely. The best course of action for time travelers is to never travel in time in the first place. It's just too risky - they would not, could not interact with such a person or accept them with open arms. Death is the only option.
When Rasmussen takes Data into his ship there is a major problem here. Why would the captain allow him to enter a vessel he doesn't fully understand. He would lose control of the situation. They would escort Rasmussen to the brig or some sort of quarters and strip search him with the aid of a tricorder. While inside, rambling on about his plans like any cliché villain he supposedly holds Data under guard of a phazer yet he takes his thumb off the trigger several times, looks away, messes with his ship...all ample opportunities for an android to move with inhuman speed and disarm/disable the guy. The way they disable the devices was a little too convenient.
Besides, if he WAS from the past how could he have known ANYTHING about Picard or the crew such as their names or anything at all? Or even that Data was an android? In the 21st century there was no warp coil as they knew it. 2063 is the year Cochrane made his first flight in the Phoenix and made first contact with the Vulcans. In the rest of the 21st century nothing more than a warp probe is launched. In fact during half of this century Earth is wracked in World War III and nuclear winter. Soldiers were addicted to enhancement drugs as is detailed the first time the crew encountered Q, it was a barbaric time. There was no way to tell what the future held. There was no way he could have conducted any sort of travel in space without knowledge of it, no would there be any reason for him to suddenly appear light years from the surface of earth in dead space 300 km from the Starfleet Flagship either. Wouldn't he just be in the future on Earth? A simple quiz about the 22nd century would have proved this guy a fake in 5 seconds. Name 10 alien races that were known in this century. GO. How about questions about the Enterprise. What is the fastest warp factor we can achieve safely, GO! No answer? Shoot him! What if because he never made it back to his time he didn't invent the things that could have theoretically resulted in the invention of starships and therefore damaged the present? What happens to the time machine when it goes back in time, adrift, a derelict for any to find and wreak havoc with.
Since there was no record of his existence why didn't they just vaporize him or blow him out of an airlock just for fun? Lock him in a holodeck medieval torture program indefinitely.
This whole episode is utter trash that should have never been put into production. It's just another filler episode on the way to bigger better things. There are simply too many of these filler episodes. Rick Berman needs to stick to production because as a writer he is a noob. I realize that at this point he is all alone, and new at it, but he should have planned for Gene's eventual departure at his advanced age long before this. They should have had the entire series written by this point like we do today. Sometimes it feels like the seat-of-the-pants, fly-by-night kind of pulp fiction writings detailed in a certain episode of DS9. :)
One more thing ILM makes me mad. The atmosphere of most planets is over 600 miles above the surface granted re-entry isn't noticeable until around 75 miles, the atmosphere is still there! The Enterprise according to ILM just sits right next to solid spheroid planets devoid of topography or water half the time, mere dozens of miles above the surface, and yet denies the natural orbit that is stable and easy to achieve around 250 miles above a planet of Earth's size. The Bussard Ramscoop collectors do collect Deuterium fuel for free at warp speeds, but you would tend to want to save wherever possible. It's called efficiency. Another thing, battles in space happen in 3 dimensions not 2.
Bajor was different...
Having seen DS9 the picture painted of Bajor is completely different. This makes me question why they later came and took this storyline and reworked it into DS9. The "Bajora" as they are called have different noses. They do retain the same naming convention of last name first. Their earrings (at least Ensign Roe's) are on the wrong ear. The timeline seems to be correct, the Occupation was 41 years. They speak of the planet Bajor being occupied by the Cardassians in this episode as well, but they claim that the Bajora are an exiled race, not an enslaved one. They paint them as refugees wandering the galaxy looking for a home.
Previously I believe it was mentioned that the Federation had an alliance with the Cardassians. I don't see how the Federation would tolerate that kind of tyranny in a friend, but getting to the point, the basis for DS9 is here but it's all over the place. I don't understand why they didn't just make a whole new plan up for DS9, but I can't say I mind.
There is no mention of the wormhole, or the prophets.
This episode is definitely a little weird to watch after DS9. Still, from a TNG perspective it is a very good episode full of lots of action and twisting plots.
Trivia: Ensign Ro (Michelle Forbes) is more recently Admiral Helena Cain of the Battlestar Pegasus in the Battlestar Galatica series. She was also Dara the daughter of Timicin in Season 4 Episode 22, "Half a Life".